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Nicholas Kristof: ‘Conflict Is More Profitable Than Peace’

Perhaps the most devastating blow anyone can suffer is to lose a child. In the Central African Republic it happens all the time. Welcome to the world's most neglected crisis.


U.S. lawmakers formally ask Facebook CEO to testify on user data

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers on Friday formally asked Facebook Inc's Mark Zuckerberg to explain at a congressional hearing how 50 million users' data got into the hands of political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.


Qualcomm narrowly re-elects 10 directors to board: source

(Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc shareholders on Friday re-elected 10 directors to the mobile chipmaker's board with tepid support in the wake of an extraordinary turn of events that left shareholders with no other choices and at least one advisory firm urging a protest vote.

Trump: 'We had no choice but to fund our military'

The President says he had to sign the $1.3 trillion bill for national security reasons but says there's a lot in it he's unhappy with

President Donald Trump will sign the $1.3 trillion spending bill he previously threatened to veto, two sources tell CNN.

Trump: I'll never sign a bill like this again

President Trump says he signed the spending bill but also criticizes part of the bill and Democrats.

US-S. Korea trade deal is close

President Donald Trump said Friday that the United States is close to striking a trade deal with South Korea, an achievement that would mark an end to the free trade agreement between the two countries.


Wall St. struggles to shake off trade war fears, tech gloom

(Reuters) - Wall Street on Friday struggled to shake off fears of a global trade war after the United States moved to slap tariffs on China and as technology stocks took another hit with Micron's results weighing on chipmakers, though oil prices gave some succor.


Canada calls end to trade case positive for 'longstanding' Boeing ties

MONTREAL, OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada on Friday welcomed as a "positive development" in its long ties with Boeing a decision by the U.S. planemaker to end a trade dispute over sales of Bombardier CSeries jets in the United States.


Spotify says about two million users blocked ads without paying

(Reuters) - Spotify Technology SA said on Friday it uncovered 2 million users of its free service who had blocked advertising without paying, highlighting a potential revenue risk for the soon-to-be public company.


Dropbox shares surge in biggest tech debut since Snap

(Reuters) - Dropbox Inc's shares soared by as much as 50 percent in their first day of trading on Friday as investors rushed to buy into the biggest technology initial public offering in more than a year even as the wider tech sector languished.


Success for Uber’s direct loan despite driverless fatality

NEW YORK (LPC) - Uber Technologies’ self-arranged term loan B was increased to US$1.5bn, justifying the taxi app company’s unconventional approach to raising the loan and succeeding despite news that one of the company’s self-driving cars had killed a pedestrian.

Man killed by Sacramento police was turning his life around, brother says

Stevante Clark says his 22-year-old brother was a devoted father who had recently changed his life, and he wasn't a thief.


A Word With: Burt Reynolds Has Made Mistakes. But He Regrets Nothing.

Mr. Reynolds, still a “rascal” at 82, talks about his latest film, “The Last Movie Star,” loosely based on his own life, and his action-star heyday.


Bank of America pays $42 million fine in New York 'masking' probe

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bank of America Corp will pay a $42 million fine and admitted wrongdoing to settle claims by New York's attorney general that it fraudulently routed clients' stock trades to outside firms, including one run by swindler Bernard Madoff.

Elon Musk deletes Facebook accounts for Tesla and SpaceX

Elon Musk just nonchalantly erased Tesla and SpaceX from the world's most popular social media platform.

Opinion: Playboy model shows more honesty than Trump

In this, the era of Trump, it is no surprise that the former Playboy model who told of an affair with the man who became president has shown herself to be more honest, empathetic, courageous, and decent than the President of the United States.

Bush-era diplomat: You should be scared, very scared

A high-ranking official from former President George W. Bush's State Department shared a dire assessment of the current geopolitical state of affairs, calling it "the most perilous moment in modern American history."

Clooney hails Parkland survivors for making him 'proud' of the US again

George Clooney wrote an open letter to the survivors of the Parkland school shooting, praising them for making him "proud of his country again."

Analysis: 9 takeaways from Karen McDougal's interview

Former Playboy model Karen McDougal dropped several bombshell allegations in her sit-down with Anderson Cooper to discuss -- for the first time on TV -- her alleged 10-month affair with Donald Trump before he became President.

Parkland students press for gun control ahead of Saturday's march

A day ahead of March for Our Lives, the South Florida school shooting survivors leading the gun control demonstration made their presence felt Friday in Washington, pressing lawmakers for their cause and asking why more restrictions weren't already passed.

US thwarts Iranian hacking scheme

The Trump administration alleged Friday that Iranian government-linked hackers broke into the accounts of roughly 8,000 professors at hundreds of US and foreign universities, as well as private companies and government entities, to steal massive amounts of data and intellectual property.

This mom's tweet helped 500 students find free housing for March for Our Lives

It's in a mother's nature to help her children, but one group of moms is doing what it can to help students across the nation.

School Shootings and Armed Attacks

Opinion: 20 Years After the Shooting on the Playground

It was jarring to find a group of survivors — my former classmates — as divided as our country.

School Shootings and Armed Attacks

‘Something About Parkland Has Been Different’: Survivors From 20 Years of Mass Shootings Speak

We spoke to survivors of mass shootings and others affected by them about the demonstrations planned for Saturday.

Addiction (Psychology)

Opinion: Quitting Heroin in the Sunshine State

They call it the South Florida Shuffle: from detox to rehab to detox again, from Tampa to Boca Raton to Delray Beach.

Blockbuster Video founder dies

Dropbox pops in Wall Street debut

Rare look at latest F-35 jet

CNN's Ivan Watson reports aboard the USS Wasp and gets a look at the new F-35 Lightning jet in action.


American Adults Just Keep Getting Fatter

A large scale federal survey has documented the continuing rise in severe obesity, which increases the risks for heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.

Bergen: The White House is losing a real warrior

The departure of Lt. Gen H.R. McMaster from the White House removes one of the most capable public servants in the Trump administration, a war hero in both US wars in Iraq whose doctorate became "Dereliction of Duty," an influential best-seller that excoriated the generals who waged the Vietnam War for not providing President Lyndon B. Johnson with unvarnished military advice.

Bill Hader aims higher with HBO's 'Barry'

"Barry" invites comparisons to "Get Shorty," focusing as it does on a hit man who's suddenly and somewhat inexplicably bitten by the acting bug. But this HBO series from Bill Hader and "Silicon Valley's" Alec Berg turns into something more interesting, a bittersweet dramedy that's uncomfortably funny and simultaneously dark and tense.

Rap and Hip-Hop

Hip-Hop With an Irish Lilt

The first rap acts in Ireland emerged in the early 1990s. But it has taken until now for the music and the culture to start flourishing.

Craigslist shuts down its personals section

3 ways to lower your taxes

What is the March for Our Lives?

Survivors of last month's deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, are preparing to take their fight for stricter gun control laws to Washington.


Three killed in France in shooting, supermarket hostage-taking

TREBES, France (Reuters) - Three people were killed in southwestern France on Friday when a gunman held up a car, opened fire on police and then took hostages in a supermarket, screaming "Allahu Akbar".


BRIEF-Net1’s CPS To Challenge High Court’s Order Regarding SASSA Implementation Cost Recovery



Gunman in Trèbes, France, Opens Fire and Takes Hostages

The assailant at a Super U market in the southwest of the country claimed to be acting on behalf of the Islamic State, although his connection to the militant group was unclear.


Special Report: Private equity star's picks shine, until cash-out time

NEW YORK/TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian financier Newton Glassman has long told his private equity firm’s clients that his big bet on casinos would yield a financial jackpot.


BRIEF-Colorado Resources Says‍ Carl Hering Has Resigned As Director Of Co​

* COLORADO RESOURCES LTD - ‍ CARL HERING HAS RESIGNED AS A DIRECTOR OF COMPANY​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


BRIEF-Long Blockchain Announces Minority Investment in TSLC



BRIEF-TRACON Pharmaceuticals Announces $38.7 Million Private Placement



BRIEF-ACM Research Awarded Major Orders Totaling $8.7 Million


'Isle of Dogs' scratches quirky itch

Director Wes Anderson makes his second foray into stop-motion animation with "Isle of Dogs," a movie filled with enough competing influences to resemble a dog's breakfast, yet which contains so many pleasing elements as to overcome its somewhat scattershot narrative.


BRIEF-Plug Power Inc. Announces Pricing Of Offering Of $100 Million Of Convertible Senior Notes


John Bolton, Stocks, France: Your Friday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.


CORRECTED-Brazil struggles with effort to privatize Eletrobras -congressman

BRASILIA, March 21 (Reuters) - Brazil's government "has not given up, but lacks focus" in its bid to privatize state-controlled power holding company Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA, the lawmaker tasked with getting the privatization bill through Congress said on Wednesday.


Mexico regulator decides in Televisa's favor on pay TV question -company

MEXICO CITY, March 23 (Reuters) - Mexican broadcaster Televisa said on Friday that the country's telecommunications regulator has reversed an earlier decision and determined that it lacks evidence to find that the company has "substantial power" in the market for pay TV.


End to Boeing trade case good news for aerospace: Bombardier

MONTREAL (Reuters) - Boeing Co's decision to end its trade case over the sale of Bombardier CSeries jets to U.S. carriers is good news for the aerospace industry and the public, the Canadian plane and train maker said on Friday.


Europeans to take new steps against Russia over UK spy

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union member states agreed at a summit in Brussels to take further punitive steps against Russia in the coming days for the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, as Moscow accused the bloc of joining a London-driven hate campaign against it.

Vetoes (US)

Trump Says He May Veto Spending Bill, Risking Government Shutdown

The president complains the spending bill fails to address immigration issues and the border wall. A presidential veto could shut down the government.


U.S. showcases stealth fighter training on amphibious carrier

ABOARD USS WASP, Philippine Sea (Reuters) - The U.S. military on Friday launched vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) F-35Bs from the deck of the USS Wasp amphibious carrier in the waters around Okinawa in its first show of stealth aircraft force at sea.


UPDATE 7-Oil rises on Saudi talk of extending output cuts into 2019

* Brent to hit $75 by Q3 on strong demand -Morgan Stanley (Updates prices)


Dropbox heads for trading debut after upsized IPO pricing

(Reuters) - Having topped expectations with the upsized price of its initial public offering, Dropbox Inc on Friday faces its next big challenge: a successful launch of trading when global stock markets are on the defensive and tech shares are particularly soft.


Boeing loses case against Denmark over fighter jet purchase

COPENHAGEN, March 23 (Reuters) - Boeing lost a lawsuit against Denmark on Friday which related to the Danish government's decision to buy Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II combat jets in preference to Boeing's F/A 18 Super Hornets.

Washington (DC)

Bolton Was Early Beneficiary of Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook Data

The political action committee founded by John Bolton hired Cambridge Analytica specifically to develop psychological profiles of voters — and it knew the firm was using Facebook data.


'Zionist hawk', 'stalwart friend': strong words greet Bolton nomination

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's choice of John Bolton as national security adviser provoked strong reactions worldwide on Friday - and few stronger than in the bitterly-divided Middle East.

International Trade and World Market

Wall St. Opens Higher Amid Fears of U.S.-China Trade War

Markets in Asia and Europe fell, with Japan’s main index losing 4.5 percent, as global investors feared getting in the crossfire of a U.S.-China trade war.

3 firefighters killed in two different fires

Three firefighters died Thursday while battling two different blazes in Pennsylvania and New York.


Nike, Facebook lead Wall Street higher at the open

(Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes opened higher on Friday, helped by gains in Nike and Facebook , after steep losses a day earlier on fears of a global trade war after the United States slapped tariffs on Chinese imports.

2 dead in France supermarket hostage-taking

Police in the southern French town of Trebes are responding to an "ISIS-inspired" incident at a supermarket, according to CNN affiliate BFM TV, citing a local prosecutor.


Trump threatens to veto spending bill, raising government shutdown risk

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump made a surprising threat to veto Congress' newly passed $1.3 trillion spending bill, a move that raised the specter of a possible government shutdown ahead of a midnight Friday deadline to keep federal agencies open.


Trump on Twitter (March 23): DACA, Omnibus spending bill

The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.


PM May welcomes confirmed EU Brexit transition offer

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May welcomed the approval by European Union leaders on Friday of a transition period to help business adapt after Brexit, telling the bloc to ride the "new dynamic" in upcoming trade talks.


EMA panel for conditional OK to Clovis's ovarian cancer drug

(Reuters) - A panel of European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended granting conditional marketing approval to Clovis Oncology's drug for ovarian cancer, citing anti-tumour activity.

President threatens to reject plan passed by Congress over a lack of a DACA fix and money for a border wall

President Donald Trump threatened Friday to veto the omnibus spending bill passed by Congress just after midnight, citing concerns the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Conway: 'Get with the program or get out'

Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway's warning to those who want to work in the White House is simple: "Get with the program or get out."

Analysis: This White House just keeps not telling the truth

Seven days before national security adviser H.R. McMaster "resigned," President Donald Trump insisted that reports that McMaster was on his way out as part of a broader staff shakeup were totally and completely wrong.

Trump: I'm considering vetoing spending bill

President Donald Trump threatened Friday to veto the omnibus spending bill passed by Congress just after midnight, citing concerns on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.


Spotify says about two million users suppressing ads without paying

(Reuters) - Music streaming service Spotify Technology SA [SPOT.N] said on Friday about 2 million of its non-paying users were suppressing advertisements, highlighting a potential revenue risk for the soon-to-be public company.


Ukraine's Savchenko goes on hunger strike over detention

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian lawmaker Nadiya Savchenko began a hunger strike on Friday to protest her detention on charges of planning a coup against the government, less than two years after being welcomed home as a national hero.


Syrian rebels, Russians to negotiate end to Ghouta suffering-rebel group

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A Syrian rebel group in one besieged eastern Ghouta pocket said on Friday it would try to negotiate an end to an army assault there, while insurgents in another nearby enclave withdrew.

Fires and Firefighters

Firefighter Dies Responding to Blaze at a Harlem Film Set

Two other firefighters were injured in the five-alarm fire at the site of a former jazz club, which was being used for the film “Motherless Brooklyn.”


EMA panel recommends against Portola's clot prevention drug

(Reuters) - A panel of European Medicines Agency on Friday recommended against granting marketing approval to Portola Pharmaceuticals Inc's oral blood thinner, saying the benefits of the drug did not outweigh risks.


Nature's 'alarming' decline threatens food, water, energy: U.N.

OSLO (Reuters) - Human activities are causing an alarming decline in the variety of plant and animal life on Earth and jeopardizing food, clean water and energy supplies, a U.N.-backed study of biodiversity said on Friday.


Say it in words: love letters a specialty for Italian ghostwriter

ROME (Reuters) - Domitilla Stefanini first wrote a letter to her husband declaring her love 18 years ago. Now she is writing another love letter to him, but this time she has enlisted the help of...

Royal invitations embossed in gold

Kensington Palace says invitations for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding are in the mail.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Columnist: John Bolton Has ‘No Moderating Tendencies’

Welcome to the new Trump team — not the same as the old team.


Beijing top performer as Chinese cities cut Oct-Feb pollution levels

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing achieved the biggest reduction in average pollution levels among 28 cities in northern China over October-February, in a sign that winter curbs on industry significantly improved air quality in the capital, official data showed on Friday.


Pfizer's quit-smoking Chantix fails study in adolescent smokers

(Reuters) - Pfizer Inc said on Friday its study to test safety and effectiveness of its anti-smoking treatment Chantix in adolescent smokers failed to meet the main goal.


Sarkozy vows to vanquish 'Gaddafi gang', fights barring order

PARIS (Reuters) - Nicolas Sarkozy will challenge a barring order that forbids him from meeting key accusers and allies or traveling to countries such as Libya pending a judicial investigation into allegations that Muammar Gaddafi bankrolled his 2007 election campaign.


Spain to try Catalan separatist leaders for rebellion

MADRID (Reuters) - Twenty-five Catalan leaders will be tried for rebellion, embezzlement or disobeying the state, Spain's Supreme Court ruled on Friday, in a sharp escalation of legal action against separatists in the northeastern region.

Kellyanne Conway chimes in on Biden-Trump feud

Counselor to President Trump, Kellyanne Conway, discusses distractions at the White House.

Bolton, John R

Editorial: Yes, John Bolton Really Is That Dangerous

There are few people more likely to lead the country into war, in more than one place.

A super hero soars to rebuild Puerto Rico

A new heroine is flying alongside Wonder Woman and Superman to pull Puerto Rico through hurricane Maria's aftermath.


Ireland chooses investment firms to manage Apple cash

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland on Friday chose Amundi , BlackRock Investment Management , and Goldman Sachs Asset Management to manage up to 15 billion euros ($18.5 billion) in disputed taxes Brussels has ordered it to collect from Apple.

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: The Right to Disconnect

Friday: A bill to cut back on after-hours email, weekend events, and your thoughts on working after clocking out.

Jennifer Garner reveals saxophone skills

Jennifer Garner posted a video on Instagram of herself playing the saxophone to wish Reese Witherspoon a happy birthday.


GSK's two-drug HIV regimen wins European panel approval

(Reuters) - A panel of European Medicines Agency on Friday recommended approval for GlaxoSmithKline's two-drug regimen to treat HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.


New York firefighter killed in blaze on set of Bruce Willis movie

(Reuters) - A New York City firefighter was killed and five others including two firefighters were injured in a blaze in a historic building where a movie starring Bruce Willis and Alec Baldwin was being filmed, local media reported and officials said early on Friday.


Indivior loses another case in battle to protect opioid addiction drug

(Reuters) - Shares in Britain's Indivior were hammered on Friday after it lost a second legal case in recent months in its battle to protect the patent of its opioid addiction treatment that generates 80 percent of its revenues.


Celebrity cash, kudos boost 'March for Our Lives' gun control campaign

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oprah Winfrey calls them "warriors of the light," actor Bill Murray says the young Florida gun control campaigners remind him of the students who rallied to end the Vietnam War, and George Clooney has donated $500,000 to their cause.

More than 140 whales die on a beach

More than 140 short-finned pilot whales died after a mass stranding on a beach in Western Australia on Friday.


Hamilton fastest but Red Bull, Ferrari in hunt

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheets for Mercedes in both practice sessions at the Australian Grand Prix on Friday but Red Bull's Max Verstappen showed enough pace to give the Silver Arrows pause for thought.

Everyone hates cellphones. Why they're all wrong

In a nation as divided as ours, it is difficult to find a topic that most people agree on -- but concern regarding our (over)use of cellphones is one of them.


Maryland Republicans take electoral map fight to U.S. high court

THURMONT, Md. (Reuters) - When Maryland Democrats drew new U.S. House of Representatives district maps in 2011, long-time Republican voter Bill Eyler found himself removed from a conservative rural district and inserted into a liberal one encompassing Washington suburbs.

The AT&T and Time Warner trial could change the media industry

International Trade and World Market

Trump Just Pushed the World Trade Organization Toward Irrelevance

In announcing tariffs on Chinese goods, President Trump bypassed the body founded 23 years ago to keep the peace in global commerce.


Britain blocks plans for new coal mine in northeast England

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has refused permission for a new open cast coal mine in northeastern England, the minister for local government said on Friday.

6 classic journeys from 'The Golden Age of Travel'


Britain's Yarnold has knee surgery to treat joint disease

(Reuters) - Double Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold has had knee surgery to treat a rare genetic joint disease, the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association said on Friday.

GE's $24 billion buyback boondoggle

Wages and Salaries

Trump Administration Retreats on Tip-Sharing Plan in Compromise

A Labor Department proposal would have given employers control over redistribution of tips, but the congressional spending bill would establish strict limits.


Russia's Putin says focus in new term will be improving living standards

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he would repay the trust voters had placed in him by working toward creating jobs, raising incomes, improving healthcare and building new infra-structure.


South Africa detects avian flu in seabirds

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa has detected an outbreak of avian flu in seabirds, citing the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain that infected the country's poultry industry last year.


Exclusive: Trump official quietly drops payday loan case, mulls others - sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top cop for U.S. consumer finance has decided not to sue a payday loan collector and is weighing whether to drop cases against three payday lenders, said five people with direct knowledge of the matter.


Australia's big banks broke laws and failed public, inquiry reveals

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's top banks routinely and repeatedly breached laws when issuing home loans, credit cards and other consumer loans, according to a scathing summary of the first round of...


Twenty-First Century Fox replaces Bank of America in Sky lending syndicate

LONDON (Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox has changed the group of banks lined up to help finance its proposed takeover of European pay-TV company Sky, replacing Bank of America with Citibank.


Motor racing: Ricciardo handed three-place penalty for home race

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Daniel Ricciardo's Australian Grand Prix jinx struck again on Friday with the Red Bull driver handed a three-place grid penalty for his home race for going too fast during red flag conditions.

Luxury cruise ship sliced in half

Why build a bigger cruise ship when you can just cut one in half and add an extra 15 meters to the middle?


China urges U.S. away from 'brink' as Trump picks trade weapons

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China urged the United States on Friday to "pull back from the brink" as President Donald Trump's plans for tariffs on up to $60 billion in Chinese goods moved the world's two largest economies closer to a trade war.

Sad in the spring? Allergy-mood link is real

You know spring has sprung when hundreds of people daily turn to Twitter to vent about their itchy eyes, dripping nose and uncontrollable sneezing and coughing.


EU leaders confirm Brexit transition offer, joint trade line

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders formally adopted on Friday their joint negotiating stance on a future trade relationship with Britain after it leaves the bloc, said the chairman of the summit, Donald Tusk.

Driver dies in fiery crash at air base

An unauthorized vehicle drove onto Travis Air Force Base in Northern California, crashed and erupted into flames, killing the driver, authorities said.

She lost her feet, now she's a standup comedian

Danielle Perez has been carried on stage, Cleopatra-style.


Air strikes hit in Ghouta despite rebel ceasefire effort, monitor says

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Air strikes hit a rebel-held enclave of Syria's eastern Ghouta region on Friday despite a ceasefire that the rebel group who controlled the area had said would take effect at midnight, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.


World stocks slide, yen jumps, as trade war fears grip markets

LONDON (Reuters) - The threat of a global trade war sent stock markets sliding and investors rushing for the safety of currencies like the yen and government bonds on Friday, after U.S. President Donald Trump announced tariffs on up to $60 billion of Chinese goods.


Catalan separatists to appear before Spain's Supreme Court

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Supreme Court will rule on Friday on whether to send four Catalan separatist leaders back to jail while an investigation into their roles in Catalonia's banned independence push last year continues.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks slide, yen jumps, as trade war fears grip markets

* U.S. Treasury yields set for biggest two-week fall since Sept

Genetics and Heredity

Gray Matter: How Genetics Is Changing Our Understanding of ‘Race’

If scientists avoid discussing the topic candidly, racist theories will fill the vacuum.

Civil War (US) (1861-65)

Op-Ed Columnist: The White Southern Anti-Trump

Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans defends the values Trump trashes.

United States International Relations

Op-Ed Contributor: The Failure of H.R. McMaster

The outgoing national security adviser could not contain his erratic boss. But his replacement is worse.


BRIEF-Fox Says Bofa Assigned Right To Participate In Lenders Syndicate For Sky Deal Financing



GSK pulls out of $20 billion race for Pfizer consumer assets

LONDON (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline has withdrawn from the race to buy Pfizer's consumer healthcare business, the British company said on Friday, endangering an auction the U.S. drugmaker hoped would bring in as much as $20 billion.


UPDATE 1-Activist investor critical of Vivendi's T.Italia 'delay tactics'

MILAN, March 23 (Reuters) - Activist investor Elliott Advisors slammed as "cynical and self-serving" a move by French media group Vivendi to force Telecom Italia to name a new board after a majority of directors resigned.


UPDATE 2-GSK pulls out of $20 bln race for Pfizer consumer assets

* GSK shares up on relief dividend appears safe (Adds Pfizer comment, context)


Thiam's earnings dip as Credit Suisse overhauls executive pay

ZURICH (Reuters) - Credit Suisse is revising pay for top management as it completes a major overhaul, hoping to ease shareholder concerns with a returns-focused policy and lower 2017 rewards.

How to succeed at intermittent fasting

"Intermittent fasting," a dieting approach that involves cycling between periods of eating and abstaining from food, has been trending in diet circles. This is in part because reports claim that celebrities such as Beyonce, Hugh Jackman, Ben Affleck and Nicole Kidman are doing it but also because increasingly more research reveals that the eating pattern may promote weight loss and improve overall health.

Garbage patch in the Pacific is now three times the size of France

A huge, swirling pile of trash in the Pacific Ocean is growing faster than expected and is now three times the size of France.


British police investigate suspicious package in London near the Gherkin

LONDON (Reuters) - British police said they were investigating reports of a suspicious package in the City of London on Friday and had put cordons in place near the building known as the Gherkin.


BRIEF-Galaxy Entertainment Group Acquires 5.3 Mln Shares In Wynn Resorts


Meyers, Seth

Best of Late Night: Seth Meyers on Trump vs. Biden: ‘Can You Imagine That Fight?’

Meyers and other hosts had fun speculating about how actual fisticuffs between the tough-talking political septuagenarians would play out.


Europeans eye Russian expulsions over UK spy attack

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Several European governments moved closer on Friday to expelling Russian diplomats in a show of support for Britain, which ordered out 23 "undeclared intelligence agents" after a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy.


Investigators seek clues whether Austin bomber worked alone

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Federal investigators were on Friday seeking clues about what motivated the 23-year-old man they say was responsible for the deadly Texas bombing spree and whether he had help building or planting his bombs.


Exclusive: U.S. warship sails near disputed islands in South China Sea, officials say

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy destroyer carried out a "freedom of navigation" operation on Friday, coming within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built by China in the South China Sea, U.S. officials told Reuters, a move likely to anger Beijing.


Israeli social trading firm eToro raises $100 million in private funding

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israeli social investment platform eToro said it raised $100 million in private financing, bringing total funds raised to $162 million.


Putin to address Russian people after officials declare election results valid

MOSCOW, Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin is set to address the Russian people on Friday at 10:00 GMT after the results of an election that gave him a new six-year term were declared valid, the Kremlin said.


BRIEF-U.S. Silica to buy EP Minerals for $750 million



Convoy departs British embassy in Moscow ahead of expulsion deadline

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A convoy of vehicles left the British Embassy in Moscow on Friday ahead of a Russian deadline for 23 diplomats to leave the country, a Reuters camera operator said.

Sexual Harassment

#MeToo Called for an Overhaul. Are Workplaces Really Changing?

Corporations, entrepreneurs and lawmakers are stepping up efforts to prevent sexual harassment and expand worker protections. Is it enough?

Real Estate and Housing (Residential)

2018: A Tough Year for First-Time Buyers

Tax law changes, low inventory and tight credit may present extra hurdles this year for people buying their first homes.


UPDATE 1-Norsk Hydro sees limited impact from U.S. aluminium tariffs

OSLO, March 23 (Reuters) - Norwegian aluminum-maker Norsk Hydro said on Friday new U.S. tariff barriers on aluminium would have little direct impact on the firm.

Watch Anderson Cooper's full interview with Karen McDougal

Former Playboy model Karen McDougal sits down with CNN's Anderson Cooper to discuss her alleged affair with President Donald Trump and her lawsuit against a company she says kept her original account from publication.


BRIEF-Pfizer says continues to evaluate options for consumer health



RPT-China, HK stocks slump most in 6 weeks on trade war fears, bonds in demand

* Currency markets quiet, Beijing not seen changing FX policy (Repeats to attach to alerts on Hong Kong market's closing levels)

Watch T. rex burst into flames at dino park

An animatronic Tyrannosaurus rex at a dinosaur park in Colorado caught on fire due to electrical issues, according to the park.


China, HK stocks slump most in 6 weeks on trade war fears, bonds in demand

* Currency markets quiet, Beijing not seen changing FX policy (Adds Hong Kong close, details)


Indivior plunges after losing opioid addiction patent case

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Indivior is set to face cheap competition to its opioid addiction treatment Suboxone Film after losing a patent protection case, sending its shares more than 20 percent lower on Friday.

Bolton hits 'munchkin' for leaks

President Trump's incoming national security adviser, John Bolton, told Fox News that foreign leaders can't be open in conversation if "some munchkin in the Executive branch" is leaking talking points with the president.

Bomber showed no remorse in confession video, lawmaker says

The Austin bomber showed no remorse in a 25-minute "matter-of-fact" confession video that he recorded hours before he blew himself up, Texas Rep. Michael McCaul said.

United States International Relations

Op-Ed Columnist: Macron-Trump, a Friendship that Must Deliver

As Trump surrounds himself with hawks, Macron may be a bulwark against disaster.

United States International Relations

Trump’s Appointment of John Bolton Raises Concern in Asia

“We will have to see if Bolton opens his mouth and launches his verbal attacks against the North,” said one South Korean analyst, fearing that talks with Kim Jong-un would be derailed.

'Subvertising' hackers are using street ads to protest

Commuters in London were recently given a glimpse of Harry Potter as he had never been seen before.


Nissan says aims to sell 1 million electric vehicles annually by 2022

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) - Nissan Motor Co announced plans to sell 1 million electric vehicles (EVs) annually by 2022 and said it would focus its lower-emissions lineup on all-battery and gasoline-hybrid EVs rather than costlier technologies including plug-in hybrids.


As Toshiba's $18 billion chip unit sale faces tight deadline, IPO looms

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Toshiba Corp faces a Friday deadline to win Chinese antitrust approval to sell its prized $18 billion memory-chip business by end-March, raising the possibility the deadline may be missed and that it will seek alternatives such as an IPO.


Some charges to be dropped against Vatican treasurer Pell, court hears

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Some of the alleged historical sexual offense charges against Vatican treasurer George Pell will be dropped because one of his accusers is unfit to give evidence, an Australian court heard on Friday.

Editorial: Young Slovaks Show Extremism in Europe Can Be Defied

Protesting the murder of a journalist, a generation on the rise refuses to be silent when unscrupulous politicians erode hard-won freedoms.


World Bank backs efforts to control agricultural pollution in East Asia

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The World Bank is backing efforts to control agricultural pollution in East Asia, the bank said in a statement, as rising consumption and urbanization boost the region's food demand.

McConnell laughs off Corker's jab

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) demands an explanation from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) about the delayed bill vote.

An ex-Playboy model told CNN she had a sexual relationship with Donald Trump. Next up is a '60 Minutes' interview with Stormy Daniels

The question now is whether President Donald Trump can hold his tongue -- or his tweets -- amid a gathering storm of televised allegations and court gambits about his sexual conduct.

Roseanne Barr and Kimmel talk Trump

Roseanne Barr and John Goodman appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" to discuss the reboot of the show "Roseanne" and Barr's decision to make her character a Trump supporter.


Pampered pooches take to the sky in travel niche

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Ding Dong and Fun Fun, a pair of 12-year-old Yorkshire terriers, know how to enjoy the high life - literally.


Alibaba eyes China 'listing' as early as mid-year: IFR

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is planning a mainland listing via depositary receipts that could come as early as the middle of this year, Thomson Reuters unit IFR reported, citing a person with knowledge of the matter.


Stocks tumble, bonds and yen gain as trade war fears drive rush to safety

TOKYO (Reuters) - The rumblings of a global trade war shook stock and currency markets on Friday after U.S. President Donald Trump announced long-promised tariffs on Chinese goods and China retaliated with a pledge to fight to the end of any such war.

Tariffs show Trump doesn't want China's help with North Korea

The US and China hit each other with billions of dollars in tariffs this week as the two countries edge closer to a trade war, a dramatic shift in a relationship which seemed to be growing stronger under President Donald Trump as he relied on Beijing for help with North Korea.


Facebook dropped from Australian Ethical ETF after data breach

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc will be removed from the Australia-based BetaShares Global Sustainability Leaders Exchange Traded Fund (ETHI) due to recent "controversies", its Responsible Investment Committee (RIC) said on Friday.


Ecclestone urges F1 to take breakaway threat seriously

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Formula One's former commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone has warned owners Liberty Media to take the threat of a breakaway series seriously and said Mercedes could follow Ferrari out of the championship.


China gives Baidu go-ahead for self-driving tests after U.S. crash

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - China's capital city has given the green light to tech giant Baidu Inc to test self-driving cars on city streets, indicating strong support for the budding sector even as the industry reels from a fatal accident in the United States.


UPDATE 2-China gives Baidu go-ahead for self-driving tests after U.S. crash

* Crash in U.S. this month has raised safety concerns (Adds comments from sources close to DiDi Chuxing)


Congress approves $1.3-trillion spending bill, sends to Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress voted early on Friday to approve a $1.3-trillion government funding bill with large increases in military and non-defense spending, sending it to President Donald Trump, who was expected to sign it into law.


Vietnam scraps South China Sea oil drilling project under pressure from Beijing: BBC

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam's state oil firm PetroVietnam has ordered Spanish energy firm Repsol to suspend its "Red Emperor" project off the country's southeastern coast following pressure from China, the BBC reported on Friday.

Idaho senator holds up vote over rivalry with deceased governor

As Congress raced toward another spending deadline, most were watching Sen. Rand Paul's objections to a proposed spending plan. But another Republican was creating more headaches for GOP leaders: Sen. James Risch of Idaho.


China urges U.S. to 'pull back from brink' as Trump unveils tariffs

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China urged the United States on Friday to "pull back from the brink" as President Donald Trump's plans for tariffs on up to $60 billion in Chinese goods brought the world's two largest economies closer to a trade war.


No laughing matter: China regulator bans TV parodies amid content crackdown

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's media regulator is cracking down on video spoofs, the official Xinhua new agency reported, amid an intensified crackdown on any content that is deemed to be in violation of socialist core values under President Xi Jinping.

Protesters block NBA arena over fatal Sacramento police shooting

Protesters marched into City Hall in Sacramento, California, and onto an interstate highway Thursday as the mayor called for calm after police killed an unarmed black man they believed had a gun.


Video of police shooting unarmed black man sparks protests in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Newly released video footage of police killing an unarmed black man in a barrage of gunfire in Sacramento, California, left the mayor "horrified" and sparked street protests on Thursday that gridlocked traffic in the state capital for hours.


Australian rescuers race to save whales after mass stranding

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian rescuers were racing against time to save dozens of short-finned pilot whales on Friday after more than 150 of the migrating mammals got stranded on the country's west coast.

International Trade and World Market

Responding to Trump, China Plans New Tariffs on U.S. Goods

China proposed tariffs on $3 billion worth of American fruit, pork, wine and other goods, striking back just hours after President Trump’s announcement.

McDougal on 'Access Hollywood' tape: 'Not the man that I knew'

Karen McDougal said she had a 10-month affair with Donald Trump before he was President, and while "disgusted" by his comments that surfaced during the 2016 campaign about grabbing women's genitals, she said it was not the Trump she knew.


France's president sees popularity hit record low: poll

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron's popularity has fallen to its lowest point so far in his presidency, a poll showed on Friday, a day after nationwide protests against his reform drive brought tens of thousands of public workers on the streets.


China stocks tumble to 6-week low, roiled by trade war fears

* China, HK indexes poised for worst day since early February

Europe Edition: Tariffs, Strikes, Facebook: Your Friday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.


PRESS DIGEST -Wall Street Journal - March 23

March 23 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories in the Wall Street Journal. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


Powell left out of Jamaica's Gold Coast team because of injury: JAAA

KINGSTON (Reuters) - Former 100 meters world record holder Asafa Powell was left out of the Jamaica team for next month's Commonwealth Games because he was injured, the head of the country's athletics association said on Friday.


Tencent loses $24 billion in market cap after Naspers' selldown

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's Tencent Holdings Ltd saw its shares down 4.51 percent at the midday trading break on Friday after the internet firm's largest shareholder, Naspers Ltd , said it would lower its stake for the first time in 17 years.

Obama welcomed to New Zealand with Maori nose-rub

Former President Barack Obama got up close and personal with some native New Zealanders.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks tumble, bonds and yen gain as trade war fears drive rush to safety

* Dollar/yen drops below 105.00 for first time since Nov 2016


UPDATE 1-Petronas says involved in TransCanada's proposal to build gas pipeline extension

KUALA LUMPUR, March 23 (Reuters) - Malaysia's Petronas said on Friday it is one of the producers involved in TransCanada's proposal to expand a pipeline system that would open up more markets for the energy company's gas produced in Western Canada.

McDougal on photo with Melania: I tried to keep my distance

Former Playboy model Karen McDougal describes meeting Melania Trump in an exclusive interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper.


Apartment blaze in Ho Chi Minh City kills 13, injures 27

HANOI (Reuters) - A fire in a Ho Chi Minh City apartment block killed 13 people in the early hours of Friday, state media and a fire department official in the Vietnamese economic hub said.


UPDATE 2-Oil rises more than 1 pct as Saudi says production curbs could last into 2019

* Brent to rise to $75/b by Q3 on strong demand - Morgan Stanley (Updates prices)


UPDATE 4-Steve Wynn sells stake in company he founded, Macau casino Galaxy buys in

* Galaxy, Wynn bosses say companies have same core values (Add detail on other shareholders, stake value)


Asian oil, gas producers stepping up activity after long lull

* Asian govts need to improve fiscal terms to attract investors


Tennis: Kuhn gets early taste of tour victory in Miami

(Reuters) - Nicola Kuhn became the youngest Spaniard to win an ATP World Tour match since Rafa Nadal after the 18-year-old's 7-6(4) 6-4 victory over Darian King at the Miami Open on Thursday.


PRESS DIGEST-New York Times business news - March 23

March 23 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories on the New York Times business pages. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

Love (Emotion)

Modern Love: First Try the Pastrami, Then the Polyamory

After three decades of monogamy, a woman starts seeing a man who embraces open relationships.


Kentucky Senate passes bill restricting abortion procedure

(Reuters) - The Kentucky Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation on Thursday to ban a common abortion procedure once the patient reaches her 11th week of pregnancy, in what would amount to one of the strictest abortion limits yet in the United States.


Motor racing: Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2 in first practice

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton led a Mercedes 1-2 at the top of the timesheets for the first free practice session at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Friday, while McLaren's hopes of a clean start were tempered by reliability issues.

Politics and Government

Emmanuel Macron Becomes France’s Answer to Strongman Populism

With the National Assembly firmly in his pocket, France’s president has had almost unchecked authority to carry out his agenda.